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2009 in ReviewI haven't been in the habit of doing year-in-review posts, so why not do one? Looking back at the blog, I've drifted away from the cuunitoons navel-gazing of play experiences, towards lengthier, more thoughtful, and less frequent posts. Over the


Hey Darcie, Do you have any posts/articles on Separation Anxiety? I'm working with soenome who adopted a husky/lab, about 2 yrs old, female, this is now her 4th home not including at least 2 foster homes in between. She's very sweet, but incredibly needy. The new owner thought crating was out of the question, but has finally been able to have success using the crate (prior to crating, she was gated in a room where she ate walls and couches). She's using vet prescribed sedatives, not sure what kind, but I told her that should be an absolute last resort and to try some herbal remedies first and since the vet meds have done zilch for this dog, she needs some help. I did a quick search for separation anxiety, but nothing came up on the site. I'd like to have some articles for her to read possibly to help verify what I've been telling her. She is determined to keep this dog, the kids even want to try dock dog sports with her, but until they can get through the mess in her head and the separation issues. Biggest issue being she LOVES other dogs, but cannot contain herself and will break through her Invisible Fence to see them. She lives with an older greyhound/lab who is very active and will play with her, but even when staked out, or on leash supervised, she gets fixated on the dogs passing by and gets tunnel vision! Any help you can pass along for her would be appreciated, thanks! LindsayDear Lindsay, Thank you for turning her away from drugs. What most people don't understand is that with a lot of those drugs the dog's mind doesn't stop feeling fearful, scared, or anxious, their body just can't react. They may look calm on the outside but inside they are still working that fear. It can be terrifying and certainly makes matters worse. Explain it like this: I am going to put you in a straight jacket so you can't react, tape your eyes closed so I can't see your fear, tape your mouth shut so you can't scream and drop you into a pool of water with blocks tied to your feet. You can't move or cry out or save yourself, the fear is still there. You might look peaceful floating to the bottom of the pool but Yes, I have great stuff on anxiety and separation anxiety. Click on this link If it was me, I'd dump the invisible fence, it can raise anxiety in dogs in a lot of different ways. Staking out a dog is never a good thing in my opinion, it can cause so many problems in dogs who aren't perfectly happy to be still. Get the dog to a chiropractor, search The Dish for all of those articles. And yes, get the dog into activities now, don't wait until the separation anxiety is solved. A dog getting exercise and playing sports will be a more stress free and confident dog.And clicker training, get that from SitStay.com It's amazing what it can do for a dog's attention and calming influence. I watched a current It's Me or the Dog on TV last week. She took a biting dog, dog was a bad, bad biter of all people, holding on to a child's face and hanging on biter and who was attacking other dogs and turned it quickly into a dog who turned it's attention away from those things and calmed. No alpha rolls or holding the dog on it's side, no jerking, just plain old showing the dog what's good and then the dog gets to decide to work with the people. I see it happen over and over and over again. The dog you're talking about is sweet and wants to play but same thing, need to change the focus. Have your friend tell us how it goes. Thanks, Darcy

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